Monday, May 9, 2011

The Busy Christian... Conclusion

This series was originally posted on In Tandem, a blog for ministry wives

The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness
Conclusion: Finding rest in the midst of busyness

The answer to our busyness is not in routines, organisation or doing more.

The answer to our busyness is theological. Our busyness turns on how we view God.

As Christians we should expect to be busy. We give our lives to Christ and no longer claim our time as our own. But we can find rest in our busyness and joy in our labour.
More often that not, those who complain about their busyness are those who are not finding joy in God. And those who rejoice in God as the Saviour, Master, Provider, Refuge, Joy and Hope do not find their busyness a burden. (p170)
Chester suggests that at the end of the day we could pray: “God, you have been with me all day. Have I spent my time well today?”
Taking God with you into the busyness of life means:
  • resting on God our Saviour when we fell the need to prove ourselves
  • serving God our Master when we worry about other people’s expectations
  • trusting God our Provider when we worry about things getting out of control
  • making God our Refuge when we want to escape from busyness or through busyness
  • enjoying God our Joy when we feel the attraction of over-working for more money
  • waiting for God our Hope when we fell we have to make the most of life now (p170-1)

As we finish this series on busyness and you have a chance to reflect on your life and the way you live it, remember these words of Jesus:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

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